Criminal Minds fans still aren't fully accustomed to the idea of a spin-off for their favorite show, but from the looks of things it's a go for the Forest Whitaker-led Criminal Minds spin-off as CBS unveils its 11 drama pilots for 2010. It's also obvious that the network wants to take advantage of its procedural boom, with the spin-off taking the cake.
Other than Whitaker, the Criminal Minds spin-off will also star Matt Ryan, Michael Kelly, Beau Garrett and Jason Wiles. It will be introduced via backdoor pilot this season on the mothership as a special two-hour episode. Skeptical fans of the top-rating procedural can take comfort in the fact that the original's writing and executive producing team will be onboard to oversee things; that, and that no one from the original team will jump the fence.
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